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    Encouraging Safe Environments

    As you may have heard, last Saturday afternoon a young man, believed to be using methamphetamine, smashed a window of La Isla Restaurant in Ballard and proceeded to use a shard of glass to attack and injure two people on the sidewalk outside. It is upsetting to see this happen in our community, and I […]

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    Greenwood Food Bank Response

    Recently, many residents of District 6 and Seattle have contacted my Office regarding the Greenwood Food Bank, and I wanted to address your concerns. For background, in 2014, the Human Services Department (HSD) for the City of Seattle awarded 26 agencies a total of $3.1 million to provide food and meals to low income individuals […]

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    Investing in Bike Share – Public Ownership, Public Accountability

    In October 2014 Seattle joined many other municipalities in welcoming bike share as a component of our public transit system. One hundred and forty thousand rides later, the bike share program Pronto continues to grow, but now requires a public investment to continue operations and to expand its network.  We faced a decision to either […]

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    The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee is Seeking Candidates

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/22/2016

    The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee is Seeking Candidates

    SEATTLE – The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee seeks candidates to apply for service on the Committee. Candidates will be selected and appointed by the Mayor and City Council.

    The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee serves as a vital mechanism of accountability on how Move Seattle levy revenues are spent. The Oversight Committee is an advisory body that monitors revenues, expenditures, and program and project implementation. The Oversight Committee advises the City Council, the Mayor, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) on responding to program and project cost savings or overruns.

    In addition, the Oversight Committee reviews SDOT’s program and project priorities and financial plans, and makes recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council regarding the spending of levy proceeds.  SDOT staffs the Oversight Committee and provides all of the required background and reference materials.

    Oversight Committee members are appointed for four years and all appointments are subject to confirmation by the City Council. One member is required to be a licensed engineer with bridge and structures experience.

    The Oversight Committee is interested in applicants with diverse backgrounds, including transportation, management, bridge and structures engineering, public policy, advocacy, social services, and business. Oversight Committee members serve without compensation. Members must be residents in the City of Seattle.

    To be considered, email a letter of interest and resume to elliot.helmbrecht@seattle.gov by February 7th, 2016. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

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    Open House Tonight on Encouraging Backyard Cottages

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/19/2016

    Open House Tonight on Encouraging Backyard Cottages

    SeattleCouncilmember Mike O’Brien and the Office of Planning & Community Development will host an open house this evening regarding ways in which the City can encourage more backyard cottages. The meeting will provide Seattle residents the opportunity to learn about the barriers that frequently deter or prevent homeowners from building a cottage.  The public can also provide input and feedback regarding potential to solutions to encourage more of these affordable units.

    Backyard cottages are small dwelling units on the same lot as, but physically separate from, a single-family house. They’re allowed in all single-family zones, but only about 200 have been constructed since Council authorized their construction in 2009. Expanding the production of backyard cottages could provide new housing throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn extra income and remain in their homes.

    There will be a second community meeting at the Wallingford Community Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave., on February 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

     

    WHAT:  
    Community Meeting on Encouraging Backyard Cottages

    WHEN:
    Tuesday, January 19
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE:
    Filipino Community Center
    5740 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

    WHO:
    Councilmember Mike O’Brien
    Office of Planning & Community Development
    Public

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    Delta 5’s Victory ‘A win for the planet’

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/15/2016

    Delta 5’s Victory ‘A win for the planet’

    SEATTLE, Washington – Councilmember Mike O’Brien issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the Delta 5 case, in which five climate activists used civil disobedience to blockade a train transporting Bakken shale oil at the Delta rail yard in Everett. The jury in the case ruled the Delta 5 were not guilty of obstruction and will face no jail time. Earlier this week, Snohomish County Judge Anthony Howard allowed the Delta 5 to defend their civil disobedience using “necessary defense,” a justification that their actions were necessary to help stop climate change.

    “Today’s victory for Delta 5 is uncommon, unprecedented, and further proof that the tide is turning. Together, they risked their lives on those tracks in an act of civil disobedience for the climate.”

    “Congress has repeatedly chosen to ignore the threat of climate change, making direct action to fight climate change not only warranted but necessary. I will continue to do what I can personally and professionally to both regulate coal and oil trains here in Seattle and participate in the broader movement to fight climate change.”

    “Abbey, Michael, Patrick, Jackie and Liz helped secure a win for the planet and are on the right side of history. Today I stand with the Delta 5 who, with today’s ruling, helped remind the world of the huge risks oil trains pose to our community.”

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    Delta 5’s Victory ‘A win for the planet’

    SEATTLE, Washington – Councilmember Mike O’Brien issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the Delta 5 case, in which five climate activists used civil disobedience to blockade a train transporting Bakken shale oil at the Delta rail yard in Everett. The jury in the case ruled the Delta 5 were not guilty of obstruction […]

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    My 2016 Inauguration Speech

    (Remarks presented as prepared, see Seattle Channel for the full video and remarks as delivered.) This is a new beginning for me, but so many of the challenges we face are not new, and Courtney’s story really embodies some of our biggest challenges in the coming years. Courtney and her family moved to Seattle like […]

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    2015 Year in Review

    It feels like an understatement to say that 2015 has been an incredible year. Seattle continues to be at the forefront of a bold, progressive movement in our country, continually demonstrating that cities can lead the way forward to a just economy and healthy environment. Of course, we face huge challenges too, particularly with regard […]

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    Seattle City Council Announces 2016 Committee Assignments

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/18/2015

    Seattle City Council Announces 2016 Committee Assignments

    Councilmembers to elect Council President and assign committees on January 4, 2016

    SEATTLESeattle City Council announced its tentative plan for committee assignments today, in preparation for work in 2016. Each Councilmember is responsible for chairing a Council committee and managing legislation related to the committee’s focus. Councilmembers also serve as a vice-chair on one committee and as a member on another. Councilmembers can also sponsor legislation on other committees under certain conditions. Committee assignments are made official at the first Full Council meeting of the year, on Monday January 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Councilmembers will also elect their 2016-17 Council President at the meeting. Committee assignments last for two years.

    Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will chair the Human Services and Public Health Committee. Councilmember Bagshaw will oversee Council’s work on issues relating to services provided by the Human Services Department, including programs that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community. The committee will also consider matters involving public health and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services.

    Councilmember Tim Burgess will chair the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee. As chair of this committee, Councilmember Burgess will focus on issues relating to housing—investing and promoting the development and preservation of affordable housing, and building strong neighborhoods through outreach and engagement. Councilmember Burgess will also chair the Budget committee, overseeing the review of the Mayor’s proposed budget.
    Councilmember Lorena González will chair the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee. As chair, Councilmember González will consider policies to address gender equity and help improve the lives of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee residents.  The committee will also focus on fostering safe communities, improving police accountability, crime prevention, criminal justice, emergency preparedness, and fire and medical services.

    Councilmember Bruce Harrell will chair the Education, Equity and Governance Committee. As chair, Councilmember Harrell will focus on issues relating to public schools and improving student success rates, intergovernmental relations, technology, ethics and elections, prisoner reentry and equity issues for underserved communities.

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold will chair the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee. Councilmember Herbold’s committee will manage issues relating to labor standards, civil rights, Seattle Public Utilities, and economic development. The committee will also manage issues relating to arts and culture in Seattle, which includes nightlife issues.

    Councilmember Rob Johnson will chair the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee. As chair of this committee, Councilmember Johnson will take up issues involving City zoning, planning, major institutions, quasi-judicial decisions, community development, and land use regulations.

    Councilmember Debora Juarez will chair the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee. As chair, Councilmember Juarez will focus on issues relating to City parks, community centers, and public grounds, including the Seattle Center.  Her committee will also manage legislation relating to the Seattle Public Library system.  Councilmember Juarez will also chair the Central Waterfront committee.

    Councilmember Mike O’Brien will chair the Sustainability and Transportation Committee. Councilmember O’Brien’s committee will handle matters pertaining to city-wide and regional transportation policy and planning. These issues range from pedestrian and bicycle programs, traffic control and parking policies, and overseeing the City’s coordination with regional and state departments of transportation. The committee will also have a shared-focus on Seattle’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant will chair the Energy and Environment Committee. Councilmember Sawant’s committee will handle policies relating to Seattle’s energy usage, as well as issues relating to alternative energy sources, air pollution regulation, energy utility rates, and Seattle City Light finances. In addition, Councilmember Sawant will take up matters that relate to climate and environmental protections, conservation programs, and green infrastructure.

     

    Standing Committee

    Committee Members

    Committee Meeting Days and Times

    Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance

    Chair:  Tim Burgess
    Vice-Chair:  Lisa Herbold
    Member:  Rob Johnson
    Alternate:  Mike O’Brien

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts

    Chair:  Lisa Herbold
    Vice-Chair:  Kshama Sawant
    Member:  Mike O’Brien
    Alternate:  Bruce Harrell

    2nd and 4th Tuesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Education, Equity & Governance

    Chair:  Bruce A. Harrell
    Vice-Chair:  Lorena González
    Member:  Debora Juarez
    Alternate:  Tim Burgess

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays
    2:00 p.m.

    Energy & Environment

    Chair:  Kshama Sawant
    Vice-Chair:  Debora Juarez
    Member:  Lorena González
    Alternate:  Sally Bagshaw

    2nd and 4th Tuesdays
    2:00 p.m.

    Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans

    Chair:  Lorena Gonzalez
    Vice-Chair:  Tim Burgess
    Member:  Sally Bagshaw
    Alternate:  Debora Juarez

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Human Services & Public Health

    Chair:  Sally Bagshaw
    Vice-Chair:  Bruce Harrell
    Member:  Tim Burgess
    Alternate:  Rob Johnson

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays
    2:00 p.m.

    Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries & Waterfront

    Chair:  Debora Juarez
    Vice-Chair:  Sally Bagshaw
    Member:  Bruce Harrell
    Alternate:  Kshama Sawant

    1st and 3rd Thursdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Planning, Land Use & Zoning

    Chair:  Rob Johnson
    Vice-Chair:  Mike O’Brien
    Member:  Lisa Herbold
    Alternate:  Lorena González

    1st and 3rd Tuesdays
    9:30 a.m.

    Sustainability & Transportation

    Chair:  Mike O’Brien
    Vice-Chair:  Rob Johnson
    Member:  Kshama Sawant
    Alternate:  Lisa Herbold

    1st and 3rd Tuesdays 2:00 p.m.

                             
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